Ketton Rutland Family History Guide

Photo of Ketton: The Church of St Mary the Virgin
Photo of Ketton: The Church of St Mary the Virgin by Eugene Birchall, some rights reserved.

Ketton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Rutland. Tixover is a chapelry of Ketton.

Ketton parish includes: Geeston, Aldgate, and Kelthorpe.

Parish church: St Mary the Virgin

Parish registers begin: 1561

Nonconformists: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • North Luffenham
  • Edith Weston
  • South Luffenham
  • Duddington
  • Tinwell
  • Empingham
  • Barrowden
  • Normanton
  • Collyweston
  • Tixover
  • Easton by Stamford
The centre of the village, Ketton
The centre of the village, Ketton At least that is the impression that this wide junction with the memorial drinking fountain gave. This was for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee (1887). The house in the background is dated 1699. The copyright on this image is owned by Humphrey Bolton and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Ketton, a village and a parish in the district of Stamford and county of Rutland. The village stands on the river Chater, adjacent to the Peterborough and Syston railway, near the boundary with Northamptonshire, 3¼ miles SW by W of Stamford; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Stamford. The parish contains also the hamlets of Geeston, Aldgate, and Kelthorpe. Acres, 2,740. Real property, £5,423; of which £258 are in quarries. Pop., 1,053. Houses, 242. The old manor belonged, in the time of Stephen, to Richard de Humel; and passed, through various hands, to the Harringtons and the Noels. The prebendal manor of Ketton is now held in lease by the Hon. H. Middleton; the manor of Kelthorpe belongs to Lord Aveland; and the manors of Grenehams, Whitwells, and Hutchins belong to Lord Northwick. Ketton Hall, on the prebendal estate, is now held by John N. Fazakerley, Esq. The Ketton quarries, about a mile N of the village, are noted for their excellent freestone. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Tixover, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £175. Patron, the Prebendary of Ketton. The church is partly Norman, partly early English; comprises nave, aisles, chancel, and N and S transepts, with a central tower, surmounted by a spire 180 feet high; was restored, at much expense, in 1861-3, with insertion of early decorated English new tracery in most of the windows; and contains three sedilia and an old painting of St. Christopher. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and some charities.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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  • County: Rutland
  • Civil Registration District: Stamford
  • Probate Court: Pre-1851 - Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Ketton with Tixover, Post-1850 - Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Peterborough
  • Rural Deanery: Post-1850 - Rutland, Pre-1851 - None
  • Poor Law Union: Stamford
  • Hundred: East (Rutlandshire)
  • Province: Canterbury